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The product they are building is for the healthcare system with the major target on healthcare workers. They are focused on communication, collaboration and scheduling.

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  • This question was migrated because it's really more about how to evaluate a potential job than it is about project management, or the Product Owner role within a given project management framework.
    – CodeGnome
    Jun 22 at 4:22
  • There is a niche market in healthcare for smaller EHR and patient management platforms. Competitors like Oracle and Epic control about 60% of the market together but are focused on multi-practice organizations and cost millions plus. Some platforms have traction as they layer into existing platforms. Sounds like you should eval for market position and target audience as well.
    – coll
    Jun 22 at 12:06

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There are a few things to consider:

  • Will the lack of market value reduce the viability of the company and hence reduce your job security?
  • Does the lack of market value reduce your passion and enthusiasm for the work?
  • Does the lack of market value imply some fundamental issues with how the company is run (in that they are trying to build something that likely won't sell)?

I would suggest raising these concerns with somebody at the company. If they can put your mind at rest, then you should feel confident to proceed with the role.

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Your realization is out of scope...unless part of your scope is to refresh its business case. I suspect it's not, so what you realize or don't realize is irrelevant. And if you spent time doing the market research you would need to do to determine a product's viability in the marketplace, I would not bill your customer for that time and effort. Again, because that work is out of scope.

Just build the product and deliver it.

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    I don't get why this was downvoted. David is on spot. As a project manager, your work is to deliver the project. If the position was for product manager, then the answer would be different. Maybe the downvote comes from a semantic confusion? Jun 19 at 19:21
  • There is a movement to expand the importance of project management higher than managing the project. It's been going on for years. I reject the entire movement but I suspect the down vote came from someone who wants the pm to be on a higher status. Jun 20 at 0:16
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    That could be it indeed, David. I don't get this eager we see in IT to catalyse the semantic diffusion of our terminology. Jun 20 at 17:54

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